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Case No. 21-1738

In the Interest of Z.S., A.A., and T.A., Minor Children

B.W., Mother-Appellant

T.A., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Teresa M. Pope

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cathleen Siebrecht

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kayla Stratton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 13, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte Renze, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (20 pages)

            The mother of three children and the father of two separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  The mother contests the grounds for termination, asserts the court should have allowed her additional time, claims termination is not in the children’s best interests, and argues the court erred in denying her request to place all three children in a guardianship with the maternal grandparents.  The father asserts the court should have granted him additional time to seek reunification and argues termination of his rights was not necessary because his children are safe in their placement with the paternal grandparents.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm on both appeals.

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